T-Bone Burnett, born Joseph Henry Burnett, in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, is a songwriter and performer inspired by multiple traditions of America’s musical heritage.
He has produced various artists such as Tony Bennett and k.d. lang, and he won a Grammy award for the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. He also worked as a songwriter, and was nominated for an Oscar for his contribution to the film “Cold Mountain.” He founded the indie record label DMZ Records, was involved with Mark Heard and Tonio K in the short-lived What? Records, and oversaw the music for the films “Walk the Line” and “The Big Lebowski.”
T-Bone’s songs have been covered by such artists as K.D. Lang (“Till the Heart Caves In”), Los Lobos, Sixpence None the Richer (“Carry You”), Tonio K, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Warren Zevon, Peter Case, B. J. Thomas, and others.
He emerged from a self-imposed 14 year hiatus as a recording artist in 2006 to release two collections of music: “The True False Identity,” his first album of new original songs since 1992, and “Twenty Twenty - The Essential T-Bone Burnett,” a 40 song retrospective, spanning Burnett’s entire career of music-making.